Happy Holidays!

To all my blog/newsletter readers, Facebook friends and followers, admirers and purchasers of my work - thank you! Your support has meant so much to me. And a special thank you to all who thought enough of my work to share it with someone as a gift!

As an especially contentious year comes to a close, I'd like to send you this wish ~

 

On another note, I'm happy to say that I got my online Felt Scarf Shop up and running last week! Although it and my Silk Scarf Shop are "on holiday" until the beginning of the year, you can go ahead and make a purchase now to reserve the scarf, and I'll ship it as soon as I return home the first week of January.

Meanwhile, you can find my scarves in person at:
Village Art Circle, Ashworth Village, 200 S. Academy St., Cary NC 27511. (Silks only)
Gallery 311, 311 W. Martin St., Raleigh NC 27601. (Silk and felted)
Joyful Jewel, 44-A Hillsboro St., Pittsborough NC 27312. (Silk and felted)

Thanks for reading... see you next year!

 

A Wild, Wacky Nuno Felted Shawl

What I love about felting and nuno felting is the endless playing you can do! You can build up layers of fiber and fabric, creating textures both subtle and dramatic. You can trap objects like beads in between layers for extra dimension. Endless possibilities!

Wanting to include a large, water-themed felted piece in my recent show 'Flowing', I decided to  incorporate some new stuff I had learned in recent felting workshops... which you can check out in my post New Adventures in Felting.

For this piece I was thinking waves, sand, rocks, seaweed.

 
 

In my stash I had this beautifully dyed blue and green merino batt from Oldsheep, with white silk fibers already blended in. That definitely said "water" to me!

So I dyed a chiffon scarf light blue and went to work putting things together.


 

Contact me if you're interested in purchasing this unusual piece of wearable art! 

Back in The Studio and Felting!

It's always a challenge getting back into the swing of work after the holidays, especially when they were spent having a grand time with family and friends in the warm Caribbean! Returning and facing the reality of sweaters and coats is a bit of a jolt... but here I am making friends with my studio again.

First of all, a big thank you for all the interest in the pillows with my printed images, introduced in the previous post.   I got a pair for myself and am very pleased with the quality of both the pillows themselves and the printing of my images on them. The fabric is a heavy duty polyester. The zipper is inconspicuous and the pillow form comes out easily for washing.

These are the 14" square pillows - they really liven up the room plus continue the orchid theme!

The zipper is well hidden.

To see which of my images are available as pillows: On the Print Shop page, click the 'Products' drop down menu above the thumbnails and select 'Pillows' under 'Home Decor'.


In The Studio ~ Felting fun!

The year has started with me back in an experimental felting mode. Thus far, all my felting has been nuno, i.e. felting loose wool fibers to a silk scarf base. Now I'm trying out felting scarves with only layers of wool - no silk base fabric.

These first two scarves  are called cobweb felt. In cobweb felting, a thin layer of wool fibers is teased apart to create interconnecting strands (I forgot to take pix of this stage!). During the felting process (soapy water + agitation), the  fibers create an interlocking network like a spider’s web, and random holes are allowed to form. A cobweb scarf  is very light, airy and drapey but strong, and can be worn year-round. 

The holes can be used for threading one of the tails of the scarf through the other!

 

Here I've used two layers of wool so there's not really a cobweb effect, but it's still very light. There's one large intentional hole for threading the scarf tail through.

These next two are nuno felted - I used silk gauze as the base fabric, and felted wool to both sides of it.

These scarves are all available at Going Local NC, the art/craft gallery in north Raleigh that carries my work.

As always, I'm happy to create a custom scarf just for you... so do contact me!


UPCOMING EVENTS - FINAL FRIDAY IN CARY NC 

JANUARY 30TH, 6-9 pm

An evening of art spiced with live music, good food and lively conversation. Join us!

 

Village Art Circle

Chinese Brush Painting Exhibit: January 30th - Feburary 25th

To celebrate the Year of the Ram (pronounced Yang), the Village Art Circle proudly hosts its 2nd Chinese Brush Paiting Exhibit.  The show will feature paintings of member artist Loretta Moskal and her students.

Ashworth Village, 200 S Academy Street, Suite 130

 

Waverly Artists Gallery

New Work for the New Year
Over the holidays our artists have been creating new work and freshening up the gallery so be ready for some changes! 
Some of our new work will include special small paintings for your Valentine's sweetheart and a brand new series of paintings by Gary Bradley exploring the Cotton Farms of North Carolina.

302 Colonades Way, Suite 209.
At Waverly Place Shopping Center (corner of Tryon and Kildaire Farm Rd), behind the flag poles.

See You THere!